property taxes

State Tax Changes Threaten Hole In Charlotte Budget

Feb 2, 2015
City of Charlotte

State tax changes could chew a sizeable hole in the City of Charlotte’s pocketbook, staff told City Council members at their annual retreat Friday. Two changes—one last year and one proposed this year—have them worried.

Charlotte property owners got some good news at last night’s budget meeting—city manager Ron Carlee will not recommend a property tax increase.

“Unless I get contrary guidance from council, the budget which I will be putting together for you will not include a property tax rate change,” Carlee said.

Cabarrus County Bows Out Of 'Incentives Game'

Oct 31, 2013

Elected officials across the country will tell you they dislike the practice of handing out economic incentives to lure businesses to their communities. But they hold their noses and do it anyway, because "that's the way things work."

Well, officials in Cabarrus County have made the risky decision of saying "No more."

Julie Rose

Charlotte's $2 billion budget for the coming year will likely be adopted Monday night, including an increase in the property tax rate of about three cents.

Both Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are in the process of approving a budget for the next fiscal year. City Manager Ron Carlee will join us in the first part of the show to talk about his first recommended budget for the city and what it will mean for citizens inside the city limits. Then we'll be joined by Interim County Manager Bobbie Shields and Budget director Hyong Yi to discuss how the recommended county budget would impact tax payers throughout Mecklenburg County. How will the services the city/ county provide be affected this fiscal year? How will your pocketbook be affected? Find out, when Charlotte Talks.

Carlee Is The Streetcar's New Champion

May 14, 2013
City of Charlotte

The future of the streetcar in Charlotte depends on the city's ability to get more federal funding, says City Manager Ron Carlee. To be precise, Carlee proposes Charlotte pursue a grant for half the $126 million price tag to undertake the next 2.5 mile stretch of streetcar extending to the east and west of Uptown. 

The city council's reaction to the proposal was tepid.

Carlee To Recommend Streetcar Plan

May 13, 2013
File Photo / Charlotte Observer

  Once again, the Charlotte City Council is talking streetcars. It's a topic that has dominated even those meetings when it wasn't on the council's agenda.  Monday night it actually is.

City of Charlotte

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee wants council to approve a property tax increase to help fund a Capital Improvement Plan.

Otherwise, the budget he proposed Monday night looks  pretty much like last year's budget. It totals just just under $2 billion, or 1.5 percent above this past year. That increase accounts for an estimated rise in costs and a slight pay raise for city employees, but otherwise keeps spending the same as last year. Here’s the full breakdown:

Manager Carlee To Present First City Budget

May 5, 2013
Grant Baldwin Photography

New city manager Ron Carlee makes his first big mark on Charlotte Monday night when he presents his 2014 budget and capital investment plan – or CIP - to city council.  But speaking at WFAE's recent public conversation, Carlee made clear this budget won't really be his own.

"I came in on the city council's last (bugdet) workshop, which meant that four days later the budget goes into production," explained Carlee. "So there's not going to be much of my stamp on this CIP – it will be very similar to what has been out there previously."

Vehicle Tax, Tag Fee Due At Same Time Beginning July 1

Apr 23, 2013

If you've been to any DMV office recently, you may have seen the “Tax and Tag Together” posters. Starting July 1, state residents will receive one bill for both their vehicle's property tax and tag fee.